Blushing Penne Pasta Recipe
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Blushing Penne Pasta Recipe

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Margaret Wilson reworked this recipe from an original that called for vodka and heavy whipping cream. Her friends and family in Hemet, California have a hard time believing a sauce this rich, flavorful and creamy could be light.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1 cup thinly sliced onions
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups half-and-half cream, divided
  • 1/2 cup white wine or reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, divided

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 336 calories, 10g fat (6g saturated fat), 34mg cholesterol, 445mg sodium, 46g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 2g fiber), 12g protein

Directions

  1. Cook penne according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook onions in butter for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Add the thyme, basil and salt; cook 1 minute longer. Add 1 cup cream, wine and tomato paste; cook and stir until blended.
  2. Combine flour and remaining cream until smooth; gradually stir into onion mixture. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in 1/4 cup cheese. Drain penne; toss with sauce. Sprinkle with remaining cheese. Yield: 8 servings.
Originally published as Blushing Penne Pasta in Light & Tasty December/January 2007, p47

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.


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rllewis7
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2015

"I am not a big fan of tomato based sauces, so for me, this was the perfect balance of flavors. With some added chopped chicken, this is a recipe I will make again and again."

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cbenne12
Reviewed Feb. 19, 2014

"My husband and I love this recipe! So simple and quick to make when on the run!"

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Jillette12
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2013

"I thought the thyme was a little strong, but I would definitely make it again, just back off on that. Whole family liked it!"

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MVPhelan
Reviewed Feb. 15, 2013

"This is my family's favorite meal. It's the requested birthday dinner for my husband and daughter. I make it a lot when we have company over. I use more tomato paste than the recipe calls for. It's also great with shrimp or chicken added to it."

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pixie9999
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2012

"Cheesy goodness. Very similar to a dish I loved in a restraunt. I like to add a can of tomatoes and mozzarella cheese then bake it just a bit to melt the cheese."

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Carol39110
Reviewed Nov. 11, 2011

"This is company-worthy."

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angelasandoval
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2011

"Delicious! And my kids couldn't wait to get home from school the next day to have the leftovers for snack!"

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mtorres3
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2011

"My family loved this! The sauce is rich and creamy and so easy to make. This is a keeper! Thanks fo the recipe."

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quoteme08043
Reviewed Mar. 3, 2011

"it just missed. Too much srong thyme flavor overpowered the subtle blush of the sauce. A bit thick as well, and I used fat free half and half."

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dverzic
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2010

"I thought this was pretty good. Didn't have fresh herbs, so I used dry. It's probably better with fresh though. I also added precooked chicken, and subbed some of the salt with garlic salt."

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